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Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven

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Art Museum
Yale University Art Gallery displays art from nearly all cultures, but it's most famous for its collection of early Italian paintings, African sculptures, and modern art. Located in several buildings on the university campus, the gallery also houses world-renowned collections of American decorative and fine arts from as far back as the 17th century. Of particular note is the small collection of rare American silver. Opened in 1832, the gallery recently underwent renovations to connect three separate galleries while maintaining their distinct architectural styles; it reopened in 2012. For travelers who use our world travel planner, New Haven holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Yale University Art Gallery and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • It's free! I got in trouble for pointing at a painting with the museum map. You're not allowed to point with objects. The front desk was really nice. Museum is clean and have some wonderful masterpiec...  more »
  • 2 or 3 of the very best examples of the very best art of each period. Thank you for putting so many wonderful things together. This was a great afternoon!  more »
  • We have made special trips to see a few of the exhibits at the Yale University Art Gallery, most recently Lumia (T. Wilfred and the Art of Light) and Small/Great Objects. We spent so much time with th...  more »
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  • Huge and high quality. You could spend all day in here. There's a large variety of art ranging from African Masks to Greek Sculptures to Postmodernism so you're likely to find something that interests you.
  • Varied collection from different parts of the world. Really nice pieces in each gallery. Free to get in (at least on the Saturday we visited). Fair amount of steps/stairs, but there are plenty of elevators for access. Worth a stop if you are in New Haven.
  • One of my favorite museums. Amazing collection of art, similar artists than what you would see at the MoMA or other renowned museums. Best, it is free!
  • Unassuming art gallery. Lovely amounts of lovely art works from around the world. Highly recommend! Also friendly staff. Apart from the fantastic art work on display, beautiful architecture.
  • The Yale University Art Gallery has a huge collection that would be difficult to appreciate in a day. A number of Van Goghs are on prominent display-- my personal highlight of the gallery. An excellent resource for art history/archaeology majors downstairs, where students can handle certain artifacts. Recommend taking Global Decorative Arts.